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Robert Brown as a child, later advocate of Edinburgh

£ 3,000

Artist: James Nixon

set in gold frame, the reverse with vari-coloured locks of hair tied with gold wire on blue glass

Although most of his Nixon's life was spent in London, he was known to have lived in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1794 and early in 1798, and also in Edinburgh in 1795 (- 1797?), when this miniature was likely to have been taken. It was in Edinburgh that he met Raeburn and painted a miniature of the Count of Artois in 1797.

Robert Hunter, Esq, Advocate is recorded in the Scottish Post Office Directories, 1815-16, as living at 67 Northumberland Street, Edinburgh.

We are grateful to Stephen Massil for his identification of the sitter.
More Information
Year                 circa 1795
Medium                 Watercolour on ivory
Signed                 signed on the obverse with the initial N
Literature                 Catalogue of the Works in the British Section of the Paris Universal Exhibition, History of Labour before 1800, number 527
Exhibition                 Royal Academy
Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867, lent by Misses Robertson Macdonald
Condition                 good
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